Winter storm watch! We are keeping an eye on the forecast with potential snow going into the weekend. We will groom select trails if enough snow and have the trails open for skiing if possible. There will be no services in the lodge, meals, or lodging. The trails will be open for skiing however if adequate snow.
Beautiful fall weather to start off November. Despite the dry and mild temps, we have been freezing many mornings keeping the water cold and the ground chilly. It won’t take much to get in winter mode with the short days keeping the key elements for early season skiing set for the first snowfalls. Overall it has been a great fall at Maplelag for trail work and recreation. Good to see folks on the trail hiking, biking and on the water canoeing the past few months. We are clearing leaves from the trails and fine tuning, preparing for the first snows which won’t be long!
We added an extension of skaters waltz extension in October and also resumed work on new bike trail on the Maplelag property we started last fall a few weeks ago.
We have been busy on the trails this fall, clearing deadfall from the summer storms, mowing and have been clearing/blowing leaves off select trails. Trail clearing will continue right until the ground freezes and snow starts flying!
Earlier this fall we did bulldozer work on the north side, creating a second option for the start of Roy’s Run and also removing deadfall from the trails.
The mountain bike trails are closed until Thanksgiving week.
Full bike trail report
Fog peeling off Little Sugarbush, thanks to sub freezing temps. November 9th, 2016.
Ready for snow! Intersection of Poki Loki and Sap Run ski trails. November 7th, 2016.
Frosted scene near Twin Lakes crossing, October 24th, 2016.
Twin Lakes ski trail, October 24th, 2016
Sun filtering through the forest fog Monday morning, October 24th, 2016
Dressing the new innner loop on Skaters Waltz extension, October 24th, 2016
Sunset over island on Island lake, October 23rd, 2016
Tamaracks included in the thousands of trees we’ve planted over the years. Glowing nicely near the ice rink, the only coniferous tree to change color each fall and loose its needles. October 18th, 2016.
Oak trees holding on to fall color over the weekend
Blazing new trail off skaters waltz extension last week, adding another km of skate skiing options
Local tamarack trees making their transition, the only coniferous tree to change color.
Sunrise over Mulari lake near Twin Lakes ski trail, October 13th, 2016
First ice of the year on the edges of ponds and sloughs. October 13th, 2016
Skinny field October 13th, 2016
Testing out new mountain bike trail east of Bullhead on Maplelag propety, October 12th, 2016.
End of Bullhead lake trail. October 13th, 2016
Wood scene from a recently fallen deadfall. October 12th, 2016
Start of Mother North Star ski trail, October 10th, 2016.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, October 5th, 2016.
Roy's Run ski trail, October 3rd, 2016
New option on Roy's Run after fine tuning
Cleaning up new start on Roy's Run
Loon Return Ski Trail
View towards the basketball court
Twin Lakes ski trail
Mountain bike trail
Fall color at the start of the Maplelag driveway, September 30th, 2016.
Skaters Waltz ski trail
Skaters Waltz extension
Mountain biking on nearby forest trail
Jim heading out for fall grooming, September 29th, 2016.
Sukkebusk September 29th, 2016
Afternoon clearing on Sap Run, September 29th, 2016.
Afternoon sun lighting up the fall colors lakeside lodge. September 29th, 2016.
Fall color along Skaters Waltz Extension ski trail. September 27th, 2016. Trail mowing and clearing will continue right up until the snow flies!
Beautiful fall color on the Maplelag driveway. September 26th, 2016.
Beautiful fall morning as the leaves around the lodge hit their peak. September 26th, 2016.
Fall scene on the Maplelag driveway before the weekend
Slope near the end of the Maplelag driveway that always provides nice early fall color
Skaters Waltz ski trail Sunday afternoon. Nice mix of green and first fall colors on the ski trail right now.
Fall color on the mountain bike trail
Still morning on Little Sugarbush after rain showers passing through. September 16th
Early fall color in the switchyard
First frost of the year, September 15th.
New trail work at the start of Roy's Run. Option for steep hill bypass in beginning. Both options will be groomed.
Cat work on Roy's Run
Cleaning out a corner on Roy's Run
Filling in a low spot
"snow fungi" in the woods. September 18th. Sign of good snow this year ?!?!
Gorgeous fall sunrise and rare rainbow before rain. September 20th.
Beautiful fall evening, September 22nd